Russia foiled football hooligan attack plots before FIFA World Cup, says interior minister

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MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Planned attacks on foreign fans by seven ultra-fanatical football groups, or ‘ultras’, were thwarted before this past summer’s Russia-hosted FIFA World Cup, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said at the 17th Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security and Law Enforcement Agencies from FSB partner states.

“The actions of seven nationalist football hooligan gangs plotting attacks on fans from Senegal, Argentina, the UK and Poland were thwarted thanks to the timely exchange of information during the preparations for the World Cup,” the minister said, pointing out that criminal cases have been initiated against members of those groups.

Kolokoltsev added that 16 internationally wanted individuals were identified during the run-up to the World Cup using the Interpol’s database. Several groups of pickpockets were also detained, including foreign ones, as well as thieves, who used sleeping pills.

Russia blocked 3,000 foreigners from coming during the World Cup’s preparation and while it was underway, the minister noted.

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